Citizen CDBG ideas sought at March 9 OWN meeting

       If you're an older-Westside resident in a neighborhood without sidewalks, you can let a city representative know about it Thursday, March 9.
       The opportunity will be provided at the town meeting of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), starting at 7 p.m. in the West Intergenera-tional Center, 25 N. 20th St.
       Brad Lovell, who coordinates Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) construction for the city, will speak at the meeting, with time set aside for public input.
       CDBG is a federally funded program, administered by Colorado Springs and targeted for “neighborhood strategy areas” such as the older Westside. CDBG construction funds can be spent on new sidewalk, including pedestrian ramps, and curb and gutter. Last year, the 2300 to 2500 blocks of Vermijo Street had such work done.
       Although federal funds have been reduced from 2005, there will still be about $131,000 available for the Westside in 2006, plus $128,000 carried over, Lovell said in an interview this week.
       He is proposing a project of his own, based on city staff research. This would involve filling in missing sidewalk sections along Pikes Peak Avenue and Kiowa Street between Walnut and 30th streets.
       “If you're in a wheelchair, or you're a kid going to school, it's nice to have the entire sidewalk in place,” Lovell commented.
       He has no estimated pricetag for these improvements, but believes they could be covered with the available Westside CDBG funds.
       For more information on the meeting, call OWN Vice President Welling Clark at 471-4740.

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